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Where to stay on your Spanish holiday

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Feeling like you need a break from the everyday stress?  Well, now is a great time to start planning a break-away to the sunshine.  Why not think about the perfect holiday in sunny Spain?

Whether you are wanting to be at the beach, in the green hills, or on the islands, Spain has an amazing variety of locations for the perfect holiday, and also a choice of accommodations to suit everyone.  You could stay at a hotel, hostel or posh resort, or, if wanting to be more independent you could go for a holiday home-from-home with villa holidays in Spain.

There are some gorgeous villas dotted along the coastlines of Spain, whether in the Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca, or you can choose to stay over in the Canary or Balearic Islands.  Just imagine what it would be like to live like a local, with your own luxury home and swimming pool.  Wake up to a leisurely breakfast on your own private patio before heading down to the beach, or strolling around town doing a little holiday shopping.

To get an idea of the best locations, let's take a brief tour.

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol in southern Spain is a popular destination for many tourists, whether from the UK, Europe or further afield.  A range of lovely seaside cities are dotted all along the 150 km Málaga coastline.  Popular cities are Fuengirola, Benalmadena Costa and Marbella, all with endless sandy beaches, loads of entertainment and restaurant options and all the fun of the seaside.

The Costa del Sol is not just about beach and sun however, as it is also known as the Costa del Golf. Golf enthusiasts will be in sheer heaven at the number of quality golf courses located all along the coastline.
Costa Blanca

Stretching for 200 kms down the Mediterranean coast in Alicante province is the Costa Blanca, or literally, in English, the "White Coast".  The Costa Blanca extends all the way from the popular northern town of Dénia all the way to Pilar de la Horadada in the south.  The most popular cities on the coastline are Alicante, Benidorm, Dénia and Xàbia.

While some think Benidorm, for instance, has become too much of a tacky tourist town, the outskirts of the city are attractive and it is still a very worthwhile holiday destination.

Again, golfers will be spoiled for choice in the range of golf courses to choose from on the Costa Blanca.

View of Castle Across Illuminated Harbour in Denia (Costa Blanca), Alicante, Spain
View of Castle Across Illuminated Harbour in Denia (Costa Blanca)

The Canary Islands
Mount Teide (Pico De Teide), Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Mount Teide (Pico De Teide), Tenerife
A distance away from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands are located just off the African coast.  This archipelago includes several islands, listed with the most popular, and largest islands, first: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.

With their volcanic influences, the islands have some pretty spectacular beaches, including the famous black sand beaches on Tenerife.  There is also some wonderful scenery, including the well known Mount Teide (pictured left).  The island is often called the "Island of Eternal Spring", as the weather tends to be comfortable all year around.

In some ways, life is a little more laid back on the islands, and staying in your own villa or apartment and living with the locals and enjoying their unique and delicious cuisine is a fun experience.

Balearic Islands

Famous with European tourists particularly, the Balearic Islands offer a selection of wonderful locations, along with views, beautiful beaches and historic and charming villages.  Mallorca (known in the UK as Majorca) is, perhaps, the most popular for all ages, with lovely coastal towns, and quaint villages located inland. 

Palma is the capital and is a modern and bustling city with much to offer the tourist looking for shopping, restaurants and nighttime entertainment.
Ibiza is still considered the "party capital" of the world for the many nightclubs in Ibiza city, but also offers something for everyone in other areas of the island.

The quaint and traditional villages dotted all over the island make a relaxing stay with restaurants and cafes offering the local tasty treats.

Menorca is the smaller sister of Mallorca, but still has much to offer and is becoming popular with tourists looking for a quieter island holiday.  The smallest, and mostly southernly placed island, is Formentera, famous all over Europe for its pristine and perfect white beaches.

For history buffs, all the islands offer a lot of interesting ruins dating back to the Romans and Moors, among other former residents of the area.

Bay Near Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca (Majorca), Balearic Islands, Spain, Europe
Bay Near Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca (Majorca)

All in all, if you are looking to get away, and be a little independent in your own home-from-home villa, you can't go wrong with some of the most popular Spanish destinations.  Eat in, dine out, your choice, but in all respects, have fun and enjoy your break from the everyday life.


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Creation date: January 17, 2014